The AFT-Maryland held their Triennial Constitutional Convention the weekend of April 20th. The convention celebrated the theme Standing on the Shoulders of Labor Giants: Fighting for Our Future. It featured remarks by labor leaders in and around Baltimore, including Donna Edwards, President of the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO as well as Jermaine Jones, President of the Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO.
Leaders from years past were not only mentioned but celebrated. Delegates and guests heard from AFT National Secretary Treasurer Dr. Lorretta Johnson, who reminded the audience that the people have the power. She exclaimed how the one percent cannot rule over the 99 percent. Rev. Regena Thomas, AFT Director of Human Rights and Community Relations, spoke about the need to continue to work for the nameless and faceless heroes of history who have sacrificed so much for each and every one of us.The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Dr. Greg Carr, Chair of the Howard University Afro-American Studies Department. He explained the ancient Egyptians meaning for labor being loosely translated as love. He explained that each of us do the work we do as a labor of love, and that there is honor in our work.
In addition to the speakers, there were breakout sessions as well as other formal business of the state federation. Elections were held and the following people will serve as the executive board.
- Marietta English, President
- Kenya Campbell, Secretary-Treasurer
- James Blanchard, K-12 Area Vice President
- Sandra Davis, PSRP Area Vice President
- LaBrina Hopkins, Higher Ed Area Vice President
- Antoinette Ryan-Johnson, Public Employee Area Vice President
- Debra Perry, AFT Healthcare Area Vice President
- Carolyn Caulk-Smith, Retiree Vice President; and
- Pat Childs, Joe Monte, Linda Day, Karen Pilecki, John Ripley, and Jerry Smith, all as At Large Vice Presidents.
Check back soon for photos from the event!